Arsenal have confirmed that Ainsley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma on loan until the end of the season.
the athlete At first I mentioned that an agreement was agreed between the two sides on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old will join on direct loan, having completed medicine in the Italian capital on Friday.
Roma wanted to include the option to buy the midfielder when the loan period expired, but this was rejected by Arsenal.
An Arsenal statement read: “Ensley Maitland-Niles has joined Roma on loan until the end of the season.
“The 24-year-old has been associated with us since he was six, and has developed through the academy into the first team, making 132 appearances in all competitions.
“Everyone at Arsenal wants to wish Ainsley all the best during his time with Roma.
“The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”
the athlete On Monday I reported that Roma would prefer to buy Maitland-Niles in this transfer window but they are not in a financial position to do so.
Thus, their plan is to sell three players between now and the summer – Pau Lopez, Justin Kluivert and Jenkins Ender – to raise capital to try to sign the Arsenal midfielder on a permanent basis. All three players are performing well on loan away from Stadio Olimpico.
the athlete He understands that this remains Rome’s plan, although their Maitland-Niles deal does not include an option to buy.
Roma is ranked seventh in the Italian Serie A and is scheduled to compete in the round of 16 of the European League.
Maitland-Niles is the second young Englishman to move to Serie A on loan this window, as Axel Tuanzebe’s move from Manchester United to Napoli was confirmed earlier on Saturday.
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